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By Chris Bevan

1959: And that's a wrap. Make sure you check out Match of the Day at 2220 BST on BBC One and this website (in the UK) for all today's thrills and spills (and dodgy decisions), followed by all the Football League goals in The Football League Show straight afterwards at 2330 BST (ditto). Quite a day for us to look forward to tomorrow too, with a Manchester and west London derby among the matches to keep us entertained. I've been Chris Bevan - thanks for keeping me company... I'm off round Mario Balotelli's house for tea and a fireworks display.

1957: Poor old Owen Coyle, eh? What HAS gone wrong at Bolton? I knew they would miss Danny Sturridge but keeping Gary Cahill has not done them much good so far. And Wigan's defeat at Newcastle, however undeserved, means the Latics replace a third Lancashire club, Blackburn, at the bottom of the table.

Liverpool fan ScottLennon_ on Twitter: "It's not the first time this season (Stoke and Sunderland). Missed chances will cost us top 4, watch this space."

1950: Here's some stats before I go, courtesy of Infostrada Sports. Grant Holt is the fourth player to score at both Anfield and Stamford Bridge in the same season in the last eight years. The others were Gabriel Agbonlahor for Aston Villa in 2006/2007, Craig Bellamy for West Ham/Man City in 2008/2009 and Jermain Beckford last season. Bolton lost their fifth consecutive home match from the start of the season, equalling Portsmouth's Premier League record previously set in 2009-10 and Newcastle equalled their record of 12 consecutive PL matches without defeat, previously set from March to August 1997.

Largey24 on Twitter: "I'll take John Ruddy, Leon Barnett and Grant Holt over those boys in red any day!"

AJ_909 on Twitter: "Ruddy is ex-Everton. He certainly knows how to stay in the Goodison good-books."

Full time
FULL-TIME Liverpool 1-1 Norwich
Michael da Silva reports: "Wasteful Liverpool pay the price for not taking their chances as Norwich leave with a point."

Full time
FULL-TIME Aston Villa 1-2 West Brom
Sam Sheringham reports: "Chris Herd's controversial sending-off opened the door for the Baggies and they jumped through it with both feet to end 32 years of hurt at Villa Park."

Full time
FULL-TIME Bolton 0-2 Sunderland
Becky Ashton reports: "Sunderland left it late but they had taken the initiative after the break and dominated both possession and chances, scoring two well taken goals."

Full time
FULL-TIME Newcastle 1-0 Wigan
Jamie Lillywhite reports: "A moment of magic from Yohan Cabaye was all it needed to secure all three points for Alan Pardew's unbeaten Magpies."

Full time
FULL-TIME Wolves 2-2 Swansea
Owen Phillips reports: "Two goals in the final six minutes shatter Swansea and earn Wolves an undeserved and unlikely draw that could just kickstart their season."

1937: Time for a quick recap of events in the top flight today...

CypriotApeman on Twitter: "Disappointed with our finishing. Suarez should spend less time diving and more learning to put the ball between keeper and post."

Adam_Clatworthy on Twitter: "Well done Norwich. Still think Liverpool are overrated due to the amount they spent, rather than the quality they bought."

Zain_Patel on Twitter: "On another day it could have been six or seven for Liverpool! Denied by the woodwork and Ruddy on many occasions!"

1932: I'm guessing a lot of Liverpool fans are frustrated by that result. Who wouldn't be after failing to win a game where they created a host of chances and hit the woodwork three times. But was their failure to win down to bad luck, great goalkeeping or poor management?

1930: That draw means Liverpool stay in fifth in the Premier League but are now four points behind Chelsea (third) and Newcastle (fourth). Norwich? They are up to seventh place, and remain only three points behind the Reds.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "11 - Luis Suárez's total of 11 shots (inc. blocked) v Norwich is the most by a player in a single PL game this season. Futile."

1257_will on Twitter: "Ruddy, what a point saving save! Insane!"

From Tom in Hampshire, via text: "This shows just why Liverpool aren't at the same level as United and Chelsea. Norwich impressed against both of those teams but ultimately lost. At Anfield they've taken a (deserved) point. Liverpool simply aren't ruthless and efficient enough!"

Full time
1925: FULL-TIME Liverpool 1-1 Norwich

94 mins: That wasn't Liverpool's last chance. This was. John Ruddy will be the hero after all, because he has brilliantly tipped over Luis Suarez's instinctive first-time strike. That had 'top corner' written all over it until the Norwich keeper decided otherwise. A stunning stop to earn his side a point.

93 mins: Here's Liverpool's big chance to win it. Steven Gerrard (I think) bends in a cross from the right and Andy Carroll hurls himself at it, but sees the ball agonisingly wide.

92 mins: Norwich keeper John Ruddy has had a solid game tonight, including a couple of top-class stops. He nearly undid all that good work in a heartbeat, though, when he spilled a harmless-looking cross into the Norwich box. The Canaries are able to put it behind for a corner, though.

90 mins: Daniel Agger is on for Liverpool, replacing Dirk Kuyt and triggering a bit of a change of formation. There will be four minutes of stoppage time at Anfield.

89 mins: The travelling Norwich fans have enjoyed their trip to Anfield, or at least they have up until now. They are quite happy to see Glen Johnson's 25 yard shot sail over the bar too.

Football League latest: In the Championship, there are no changes to positions in the table after this result as Southampton escape with a point against Reading from the Madejski Stadium. The Saints stay top and Reading 14th but Nigel Adkins will be the happier manager.

Alan_Oliver on Twitter: "For all the possession and effort #LFC look poor defensively and so wasteful up front. Story of so many games this season."

86 mins: You've probably noticed we are into the last five minutes of the 90 at Anfield. Time for a winner? Probably. Charlie Adam embarks on a mazy run down the left, dancing past three Norwich defenders and into the area. Leon Barnett is across though, halting his progress with a no-nonsense challenge, and as a bonus he is awarded a free-kick too.

83 mins: Andy Carroll doesn't take long to make an impact, jostling for possession in the Norwich area. The dropping ball finds its way to Luis Suarez, who pokes wide, but is offside in any case. Suarez, by the way, is showing us the other side of his game tonight as well - the side where he tumbles to the ground, appealing for a foul.

Tremdave on Twitter: "If anyone is going to win this game it is Norwich."

RuairiParsons on Twitter: "Here comes the ponytailed beast."

80 mins: Here's a Liverpool change a few of you were calling for. Andy Carroll is on, replacing Stewart Downing.

79 mins: Liverpool are controlling possession but they have to be careful here as they press for the winner. The Canaries are dangerous on the break, and only an over-hit pass by Grant Holt stops one counter-attack in its tracks.

77 mins: What was I saying about Luis Suarez? He capitalises on Leon Barnett's stumble in the box, firing in a low shot which John Ruddy has to tip around his post. Suarez should really have played in Steven Gerrard there, though. His skipper was unmarked in front of goal.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "5 - No side have conceded more goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season than Norwich City (5). Warning."

75 mins: If Liverpool are going to win this then my guess is Luis Suarez will either make it or score it. It doesn't quite happen for him here, though. He slips inside the Norwich area but feels he has been fouled. I guess he always does. He berates referee Peter Walton, who dismisses him with a shake of his head

Football League latest: In the Championship, Southampton are briefly in trouble as captain Dean Hammond is dismissed for a second yellow after chopping down opposite skipper Jobi McAnuff, but the 10-men equalise through Steve de Ridder who lashes who a strike from close range.

72 mins: Norwich play some neat passing football but they are not adverse to lumping it forward either. This time Steve Morison gets on the end of a long clearance, nodding it down to Wes Hoolahan... who sets himself for a shot from the edge of the area, but ends up scooping the ball wide.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "0 - Liverpool have now failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last six Premier League home games. Brittle."

69 mins: Time for a Liverpool change. Jordan Henderson is on for Craig Bellamy.

68 mins: Liverpool's turn to attack, with Luis Suarez finding his way into the box and managing to get his shot away as John Ruddy advances. Ruddy doesn't know much about where the ball is, but he gets enough on it to turn it around the post.

Football League latest: In the Championship, Reading go ahead against league leaders Southampton with 20 minutes remaining. Jobi McAnuff's free-kick from the edge of the area rattles the post and Mikele Leigertwood is the quickest to react to slot home the rebound.

65 mins: Some turnaround at Anfield, where Norwich should be ahead. This time Pepe Reina is the hero, not the villain, keeping out a Grant Holt header from point-blank range. It was Anthony Pilkington, again, with the cross. The Canaries fancy all three points here and we have got one heck of a game on our hands.

kebabmon on Twitter: "Well the threat has been there. #LFC wasting too many chances. Come on you Reds."

Norwich goal: Er, I told you Norwich weren't out of this. Anthony Pilkington makes it, sending over an enticing cross from the right and Grant Holt reaches it before Pepe Reina - who is nowhere near the ball - to nod past the Liverpool keeper and into the net. Liverpool have dominated for an hour and hit the woodwork three times, but the Canaries are all square, with half an hour to go. Who'da thunk it?

60 mins: GOALFLASH Liverpool 1-1 Norwich (Grant Holt)

58 mins: Norwich are not out of this yet, though. They survive another Liverpool attack when Craig Bellamy's clever cross eludes everyone in a red shirt and break forward. Pepe Reina can only find Wes Hoolahan with a rushed clearance from a back-pass and David Fox slams a swerving shot straight at the Liverpool keeper.

56 mins: Right, time for a Norwich change. They need to do something here, because they are getting squeezed out of this game and another Liverpool goal would almost certainly kill them off. Elliott Bennett is off, and Grant Holt is on instead. Looks like he will join Steve Morison up front and they will switch to a 4-4-2 formation.

Someone has struck the woodwork
52 mins: Un-belie-vable. Liverpool hit the woodwork yet again. Luis Suarez wriggles clear of the Norwich defence and darts into the area. His prodded shot is going in, too, until Russell Martin gets across and inadvertently diverts the ball on to the post as he looks to challenge the striker. Great play by Suarez, who like little magician is conjuring chances from notheing, but it remains 1-0.

50 mins: We don't have to wait long for Liverpool to respond. Stewart Downing does well down the right and stands up an inviting cross for Dirk Kuyt, who should do a lot better with his header in front of goal. Kuyt can only manage the slightest of contacts, though, and the ball flies wide.

47 mins: Er, someone needs to tell the Liverpool defence that play has restarted. They allow Steve Morison far too much room on the left and his pass finds Anthony Pilkington in the box, who has space to fire in a venomous low shot. It's straight at Pepe Reina, who saves comfortably, but either side of the keeper and that might have been interesting.

1833: The players are back out for the second half at Anfield, where Norwich have just got us back under way.

From anon, via text: "Don't make Bellamy out to be a villain for celebrating. He just scored for the club he's always supported and is delighted to have rejoined - some kind of display of his joy is inevitable."

Z_B1 on Twitter: "Re 1826. Liverpool to run riot second half, 4-0 final score!!"

averagealex5 on Twitter: "Re 1826. As much chance of a Norwich comeback as there was at Wolves earlier... "

SubSeaSwan on Twitter: "Re 1826. Norwich were famed for late goals last season and it helped them seal promotion. Can they emulate it this year?"

paddy3883 on Twitter: "Bellamy not celebrate against an old club?! That would prevent him celebrating against half the Premiership teams!!"

Norwich were his first club, though. I (wrongly) thought that might have meant something to him...

1826: So, will Liverpool go on to run riot in the second half, or are Norwich capable of a comeback? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK).

OptaJoe on Twitter: "1 - Craig Bellamy has scored his first PL goal for Liverpool at Anfield since December 2006 v Watford (also a newly promoted side). Bully."

Half time
Liverpool 1-0 Norwich
Michael da Silva's HT snapshot:
"Norwich appeared to have steadied the ship after Liverpool hit the woodwork twice early on but Bellamy has turned the screw on his old side. Liverpool deserve the lead."

Liverpool goal: It's almost the last kick of the first half, but Liverpool are ahead. Craig Bellamy latches on to a ball over the top of the Norwich defence and battles into the area where his shot hits Marc Tierny's heel, spins over John Ruddy and into the net. That's Bellamy's first league goal since rejoining Liverpool... will he celebrate against the Canaries, his former club? Yes he will.

45 mins: GOALFLASH Liverpool 1-0 Norwich (Craig Bellamy)

43 mins: Norwich have a corner. Another chance? No. David Fox must have had an extra helping of porridge this morning, because he over-hits it and the ball flies over the head of everyone in the area and straight out of play.

From anon, via text: "I know it's still goalless, but can we stop writing off the smaller teams from the get go please? As it stands my Norwich City are in 7th!!!"

39 mins: Looks like Liverpool are going to end the half in the same way they started it, by pouring forward. In the last few minutes, they have had 86% of possession. No further chances to tell you about, though.

BBC Radio 5 live
1807: Mark Chapman and Jason Roberts are on BBC Radio 5 live's 606 right now, taking your calls on the day's action. Among the people they will be talking to is The Football League Show host Steve Claridge, who signed for Gosport Borough this week at the age of 45, and scored for them today against Sholing in the South Hampshire FA Trophy. At the other end of the scale, Derby's Mason Bennett made his debut today, aged 15 years and 99 days. He didn't score, though.

Yellow card
34 mins: Here's our first booking of the evening, when Marc Tierny slides in late on Stewart Downing near the right-hand corner of the box. Charlie Adam tees up Stewart Dowing from the resulting free-kick but his shot is blocked and Adam over-cooks his attempt to pump the rebound back into the danger zone.

RossMLucas on Twitter: "I see why Norwich are where they are in the table. Calm under pressure, like to attack and Leon Barnett looks like a real defender."

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish on Chris Herd's controversial red card in his side's defeat by West Brom: "The sending-off cost us severely - no doubt about it. The kid had started the game really well and we were looking good at that point. In the pictures I have seen it looked as if Chris was extricating his foot from Jonas Olsson's grasp and Olsson didn't react to it. If you'd been stamped on, you'd expect the player to complain."

28 mins: After a shaky start, the Norwich defence's offside trap is working well at the moment - they have just caught out Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt, although that last decision was very tight.

Liverpool fan SpoonerAaron on Twitter: "When is this goal coming?"

The way Norwich are playing, it might be at the other end...

kaijday on Twitter: "Great saves from John Ruddy in this game. Proud to say he's a product of the Cambridge United youth system!"

1756: United striker Wayne Rooney was tweeting earlier about how much he is looking forward to Sunday's Manchester derby, so what has City frontman Mario Balotelli been up to? How about setting fire to his house by letting off fireworks from his bathroom window. And, no, I'm not making this up.

Football League latest: In the Championship, leaders Southampton have goalkeeper Kelvin Davis to thank for still being on level terms against Reading, with the veteran stopper making a brilliant finger-tip save to deny Mikele Leigertwood.

23 mins: Yep, the Canaries are definitely coming into this. Elliott Bennett has his first shot blocked by Martin Skrtel, but manages to get another effort away... again, it is straight at Reds keeper Pepe Reina.

20 mins: Norwich's best moments of the match. A lovely slick spell of passing - with each one cheered by their fans - ends with a cross aimed for Anthony Pilkington in the box. He would get on the end of it too, if not for Glen Johnson. From the resulting corner, Steve Morison gets on the end of David Fox's delivery but Pepe Reina deals with it comfortably enough. Still goalless at Anfield.

16 mins: Norwich have been under the cosh so far but they have just had a decent sight of goal on the breakaway. Wes Hoolahan has a pop from the left-hand side of the area, but Pepe Reina has got his angles right and is right behind it. At the other end Luis Suarez, sharp as ever, latches on to Glen Johnson's bouncing cross at the near post, but cannot quite turn his shot on target. Good thinking, though.

StevenAKip on Twitter: "Great save by Ruddy; there is a sense that he's just delaying the inevitable though!"

Someone has struck the woodwork
12 mins: What a save by John Ruddy. Absolutely brilliant stuff from the Norwich keeper. He sticks out a big paw to push Luis Suarez's first-time shot against the post after the Uruguayan striker had met Craig Bellamy's pull-back. Stewart Downing blazes the follow-up wide... and I am still trying to work out how this game is still 0-0. It's one-way traffic at the moment.

9 mins: More pressure by Liverpool. Glen Johnson surges down the right but there is no-one on the end of his low cross and, when it is played back into the danger zone, it is too high for Luis Suarez. Norwich would be grateful just to keep hold of the ball for a spell here, and try to take the sting out of what has been a fast start by the Reds.

6 mins: Hmmm, looks like this might be a busy evening for the Norwich defence. Luis Suarez takes out Leon Barnett and Kyle Naughton with a lightning-quick turn that puts him clean through... But he slams his shot wide with only John Ruddy to beat.

Someone has struck the woodwork
3 mins: Almost a dream start for Liverpool. Almost. Charlie Adam swings in a corner and Martin Skrtel is first to it at the near post to thump a header against the bar.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "1 - Since 2003/04, Liverpool have lost only one of their 24 PL games against newly promoted sides at Anfield (Blackpool in 2010/11). Tough."

1731: Here we go then. Liverpool versus Norwich has just started.

JohnnyMagrinho on Twitter: "Liverpool need to show their ambition & strength & demolish the smaller teams, starting with an obliteration of Norwich today."

1728: Right then. Just one top-flight game left, and the players are out at Anfield which means kick-off is only minutes away. Seconds, even. Meanwhile, in the Championship, leaders Southampton are playing Reading. No goals in that one so far.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew salutes Yohan Cabaye after his winner sinks Wigan: "It was a really good effort by Wigan, they were faster at times. It needed a bit of magic and it was a great goal, the technique was top class."

League Two update: Crawley Town were victors over AFC Wimbledon, cruising to a 5-2 win to stay top of the league but Southend stay close behind after a 4-1 win over Torquay. Morecambe thrashed Port Vale 4-0 and Aldershot also enjoyed a heavy victory, winning 5-2 at Dagenham & Redbridge. Bradford came from a goal down to beat Northampton and Plymouth stay bottom after losing to Paolo Di Canio's Swindon.

League One update: Charlton stay top after an easy 4-0 triumph over Carlisle and second-placed Huddersfield maintain their unbeaten run with a 3-1 win over Preston. Sheffield Wednesday overcame Colchester 2-0 while Notts County were held at home against Brentford. Kevin Lisbie scored a 96th minute equaliser for Leyton Orient against Sheffield United and Yeovil's point at Stevenage isn't sufficient enough for them to come off the foot of the table.

Championship update: Middlesbrough stay second after a 2-0 victory at home to Derby, with Marvin Emnes scoring his sixth league goal of the season and Crystal Palace move into third after a narrow 1-0 victory at Ipswich. Robert Koren's injury-time winner gave Hull a 3-2 win against Watford and Leicester suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at home to Millwall. Burnley beat Coventry 2-1 and Doncaster stay in the relegation zone after losing 3-1 at Portsmouth.

1721: Time for a quick update from the Football League before we focus on Anfield? Go on then...

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson on Aston Villa defender Chris Herd's controversial sending-off: "It was a kick - he stamped on him. The referee saw him and sent him off. You could say it had a major influence but I thought we were controlling the game at that point and went a goal down against the run of play. I think with the quality of our football we could have beaten an 11-man Aston Villa today."

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez after his side's 1-0 defeat by Newcastle, the Latics' sixth loss in a row: "Every mistake we do we get punished. In terms of performance I felt we were a real threat and defended very well."

Norwich City's official Twitter feed: "This time 2 years ago City were about to beat Swindon 1-0 to bounce back from losing 2-1 at Leeds in League One #whatajourney"

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Kenny Dalglish has not won in his last five Premier League matches against Norwich as a manager, since Blackburn's 7-1 victory in October 1992."

Norwich were top of the table that day too. They still were at the final whistle, but had a negative goal difference. Still, the early 90s were happy days for the Canaries.

From Dave K, in London: "Been waiting eagerly for Dalglish to play a 4-3-3 with Kuyt, Suarez and Bellamy up front! Got to be a defenders nightmare? The midfield he's chosen isn't exactly defensive either!"

From Justin, via text: "Bellamy starting ahead of Carroll? The worst thing for the big Geordie is I doubt many Reds fans would disagree with that."

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson on Shane Long's injury: "It will be very interesting to see what the experts think of Alan Hutton's tackle but I thought it was an appalling tackle. Shane's lucky not to have two broken legs. He has a serious knee injury I would think."

Liverpool fan mnene85 on Twitter: "Finally Bellamy gets a start!! Itching to see 2 workaholic speedsters playing alongside each other!!"

1707: People to have shockers today? That'll be me and Phil Dowd. At least I can make amends, though. Give this page a manual refresh and any phantom Wigan goals will disappear.

Michael da Silva reports:
"With three wins in their last four games, Norwich travel to Liverpool in high spirits. But Kenny Dalglish has turned Anfield into a cauldron, and only one defeat in their last 14 home matches underlines the task facing Paul Lambert's side."

jimgilch on Twitter: "Toon 9 games 19 points; some chronic fixtures coming up, but tremendous start!"

janniky on Twitter: "Newcastle keep the unbeaten run going, Pardew & the team proving all the doubters wrong."

Liverpool v Norwich line-ups
Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Kuyt, Gerrard, Adam, Downing, Suarez, Bellamy. Subs: Doni, Agger, Carroll, Maxi, Henderson, Spearing, Flanagan.
Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, Barnett, Russell Martin, Tierney, Bennett, Fox, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Morison. Subs: Rudd, Crofts, Holt, Jackson, Surman, Wilbraham, De Laet.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

Michael da Silva reports: "Liverpool
make two changes to the side that held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw last weekend. With Lucas suspended, Craig Bellamy is brought into the team and plays alongside Luis Suarez and Dirk Kuyt - who makes his 250th appearance for The Reds. Glen Johnson also starts. Norwich boss Paul Lambert decides to stick with a winning team, keeping the same line-up that started in the Canaries' 3-1 win over Swansea."

1657: So, wins for Newcastle, Sunderland and West Brom to go with that draw for Wolves and Swansea earlier. Plenty of thrills and spills around the grounds too, and still one more top flight game to come - Liverpool versus Norwich at 1730 BST.

MattBlazey on Twitter: "Ben Arfa and Cabaye, proved to be the difference in a poor Newcastle side today, Viva Alan Pardew's French Revolution."

Scottish Premier League update: Dunfermline have equalised via Liam Buchanan from the penalty spot in Inverness, Hibernian are still 3-2 up against St Mirren in Paisley, while it remains goalless at Tannadice between Dundee United and St Johnstone who have their sights on going above third place Celtic.

Full time
1655: FULL-TIME Newcastle 1-0 Wigan

1654: They are still playing at St James' Park, where there will be four minutes of stoppage time. Wigan haven't given up on this one yet, but they need to get the ball back off the Magpies first.

Full time
1653: FULL-TIME Bolton 0-2 Sunderland

1653: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 1-2 West Brom

Sunderland goal: Game over at the Reebok. Stephane Sessegnon, who has been Sunderland's best player today, slips the ball through to Nicklas Bendtner to coolly slot past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

1649: GOALFLASH Bolton 0-2 Sunderland (Nicklas Bendtner )

1647: A late chance for Wigan to snatch a point too, but Mohamed Diame heads wide from close range. At Villa Park, West Brom are in control against Villa, who are taking more and more risks as they search for an equaliser.

Football League latest: In the Championship,, Cardiff are now trouncing Barnsley 5-1, with a brace for Aron Gunnarson, while Hull and Watford are locked at 2-2 and Ross Wallace has grabbed an equaliser for Burnley against Coventry. In League One, Oldham lead Wycombe through a James Wesolowski strike and Tranmere are 2-1 up against Walsall. In League Two, Hereford and Macclesfield both lead 1-0 against Barnet and Crewe respectively, and Burton Albion are ahead against Bristol Rovers, winning 2-1.

1646: A golden chance for Bolton to equalise... is wasted. Two Sunderland defenders collide, and the ball runs through for Darren Pratley inside the area. But he cannot really bring it under control and Simon Mignolet is out quickly to smother the danger.

Newcastle goal: The mark of a good team is, apparently, to win when you're not playing well, and the Magpies have definitely done half of that. They might just do the first bit too, because Yohan Cabaye has curled them ahead with a delightful finish, after he latched on to a Sylvain Marveaux knockdown. Newcastle have not looked like a top four team today, but if the score stays the same they will be level on points with third-placed Chelsea.

Sunderland goal: At last, the Black Cats make the breakthrough. Seb Larsson's corner is headed up in the air by Bolton defender Paul Robinson and John O'Shea nods it back across goal, where Stephane Sessegnon lets the ball run across him before he swivels to fire low into the bottom corner. A fine finish.

1640: GOALFLASH Newcastle 1-0 Wigan (Yohan Cabaye)

1638: GOALFLASH Bolton 0-1 Sunderland (Stephane Sessegnon)

1637: Hmmm. Villa's 10 men have not managed an awful lot going forward in the last few minutes. And no, Emile Heskey has not seen much of the ball since he came on either. At the Reebok, Sunderland are doing a lot better. Connor Wickham just curled a shot against the angle of post and ball from about 25 yards out, with Jussi Jaaskelainen beaten.

fatbertt on Twitter: "Sorry... I almost died laughing when you said that Villa sent on Heskey to "salvage something". Really McLeish?"

1633: More pressure by Sunderland, but the Bolton defence is holding firm. First, Connor Wickham has his shot blocked by Gary Cahill. The rebound falls for David Vaughan on the edge of the box but Paul Robinson is able to get in the way of his effort and deflect it over the bar.

1630: What's this? A chance for Sunderland. David Vaughan finds Stephane Sessegnon with a quickly-taken free-kick but Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is off his line to block. Still goalless at the Reebok, and openings of any description have been few and far between.

1628: On comes Shola Ameobi for Newcastle. He didn't do too badly when he came off the bench against Tottenham last weekend, and the Magpies desperately need a repeat performance today.

1626: It's Wigan who are looking most likely at the moment, actually, and Latics striker Hugo Rodallega who looks most dangerous. He fires into the side netting from the edge of the area. Meanwhile, some idiot (er, me) has been claiming Paul Scharner scored AGAINST West Brom last week. He will be punished, severely.

1624: Wigan seem to have weathered the storm against Newcastle, and are playing a spot of keep-ball near the half-way line at St James' Park. When they do come forward, Hugo Rodallega almost gets on the end of a low cross at the near post and is angry when he doesn't get a corner. Newcastle need to pull their socks up here.

Football League latest: In the Championship, Leicester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will be under pressure again as he sees his side go 2-0 behind at home to Millwall, while Middlesbrough lead by the same scoreline against Derby. In League One, Brentford's Clayton Donaldson cancels out Notts County's Jeff Hughes' penalty and Bury lead at Bournemouth. In League Two, Southend's impressive season continues as they lead 2-0 against Torquay, while Gillingham are 1-0 ahead Oxford.

1619: Curses. Apologies for briefly flashing up the wrong score from Villa Park. Blame my fat fingers and do a manual refresh. Anyway, just to confirm West Brom lead 2-1. Villa, who are down to 10 men remember, have sent on Emile Heskey to try to salvage something.

West Brom goal: It's been coming. A corner flashes across the face of goal before bouncing up and off Paul Scharner, who reacts quickly to hook the ball past Shay Given. Scharner celebrates in what is becoming trademark style, lifting his shirt to reveal his t-shirt with a Baggies badge drawn on it by his kids. He did the same after last week's win over Wolves, and gets a booking for his troubles.

1616: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 1-2 West Brom (Paul Scharner)

1615: The 10 men of Villa are hanging on a bit here. Youssuf Mulumbu's long-range drive is pushed away by Shay Given and, moments later, Baggies goalscorer Jonas Olsson climbs above the home side's defence but cannot keep his header down from point-blank range. Still 1-1.

1612: It looks like Hatem Ben Arfa might just be making a difference, you know. Newcastle have stepped things up since the break and Demba Ba's glancing header forces a sharp save from Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi.

From anon via text: "You've got to feel sorry for the ball boys at Villa Park today. Brunt giving them a nightmare."

Hawaii_Mag on Twitter: "This is the NUFC I know and love. Bring on Wigan's 84th minute winner."

1608: Half a chance for Sunderland, Stephane Sessegnon's cross finds Kieran Richardson but his first shot is blocked by Dedryck Boyata and his follow-up is deflected over the bar.

1607: Newcastle have made a switch at the break, with Hatem Ben Arfa on for Leon Best. Fair to say that the Magpies were not at their best in the first half.

1605: Play resumes at St James' Park and Villa Park too. Chris Brunt has just skied a free-kick from about 25 yards out. It was a LONG way over, but probably closer to goal than that penalty of his from earlier.

1602: Wanderers begin the second half on the attack, but Martin Petrov's shot is easily dealt with by Simon Mignolet. Some excitement would be nice in this game, let alone a goal or two.

1602: We are back under way at the Reebok....

1558: Just a bit more on the red card/West Brom penalty at Villa Park. It was the linesman Darren Caan - who was assistant ref in the 2010 World Cup final - who gave it. Chris Herd and Jonas Olsson had a tussle as Chris Brunt prepared to take his free-kick, and Phil Dowd had a word with Herd then. Seems he marked his card even before anything actually happened. And, crucially for me, Olsson did not complain one bit when they tangled in the area, although he did celebrate when the penalty was given. Got all that? Good...

AnilFace on Twitter: "Just been hit in the face with a football...I live about 3 miles away from the Villa ground so I think its from Brunt's penalty."

Scottish Premier League update: It is all very quiet before a spell of five goals in eight minutes! St Mirren's Paul McGowan draws his side level against Hibs, then a minute later he grabs a second, only for his team's lead to be snuffed out four minutes later by Sean O'Hanlon. The visitors then re-take the lead later with Griffiths' second of the game, currently 3-2 to the visitors. Meanwhile Inverness go one in front via a Gregory Tade header against Dunfermline. You can follow a live text commentary of those games, here.

1552: I'm told Villa's Chris Herd was sent off for a stamp on Jonas Olsson, but I certainly didn't spot it. Watch Match of the Day tonight and make your own minds up. Plenty of drama at Villa Park, and referee Phil Dowd is at the centre of it. Anyone want to pick a winner, though? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK).

Half time
Aston Villa 1-1 West Brom
Sam Sheringham's HT snapshot:
"Where to start? A dodgy red card, a missed penalty, two injuries and a goal apiece at Villa Park. Eventful, shall we say."

Half time
Newcastle 0-0 Wigan
Jamie Lillywhite's HT snapshot: "For a side who have lost their last five league games Wigan began brightly, with Victor Moses and Hugo Rodallega having chances, and it took more than half hour for Newcastle to create a clear chance."

Half time
Bolton 0-0 Sunderland
Becky Ashton's HT snapshot: "Not much to report from the Reebok as both teams fail to create any real chances. Bolton have the edge though and look the more dangerous of the two sides as they surprisingly look for their first point at home."

Football League latest: In the Championship, it's the best a man can get for Doncaster as Simon Gillett equalisers for the visitors against Portsmouth. Cardiff are comfortable against Barnsley being 3-1 up and Forest lead 1-0 at Blackpool. In League One, leaders Charlton are cruising against Carlisle and Huddersfield will be hot on their heels as they are now 2-0 ahead against Preston. In League Two, Morecambe lead Port Vale 2-0 and Lewis Grabban gives out-of form Rotherham the advantage against Shrewsbury.

1548: It is half-time at all three of our Premier League games.

West Brom goal: On the stroke of half-time, West Brom are level. Chris Brunt is obviously better at taking corners than he is penalties, lifting the ball in for Jonas Olsson to leap highest in a crowd of players and power home his header. Baggies boss Roy Hodgson, who was fuming at that Brunt penalty miss, can barely manage a smile on the touchline.

1545: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 1-1 West Brom (Jonas Olsson)

1543: Amid all that drama at Villa Park, Sunderland had their first real chance from a corner from the left from Seb Larsson. The ball fell for Stephane Sessegnon at the far post but he hit an effort well over the crossbar. They have just had another one too, with John O'Shea headng wide from another Larsson cross.

chrisscribbles on Twitter: "Phil Dowd cements his place as worst Prem ref ever. Step aside Uriah Rennie."

1541: Meanwhile, at St James' Park, Newcastle are improving. Ryan Taylor just flashed a 25-yard free-kick narrowly wide of the Wigan post, just after Leon Best's header was clawed away by Ali Al Habsi. Still goalless in that one.

1540: The battle of Villa Park continues. Alan Hutton has a nasty clash of heads with Charles N'Zogbia and has to be helped off the field. Carlos Cuellar is on instead.

Someone has won a penalty
Red card
West Brom missed pen: Right, I've seen a couple of replays but it is still not immediately obvious what has happened. Chris Herd does tangle with Jonas Olsson as the run in for Chris Brunt's (blocked) free-kick but it is never a red card, not in a million years, even when they tangle as they get up afterwards. It's a pretty soft penalty too, so perhaps justice is done when Chris Brunt steps up to wildly blast his spot-kick well wide of goal. Think Chris Waddle in Italia 90, but worse.

1536: MISSED PENALTY (Chris Brunt, smashes it about 10 miles wide)

1536: I have no idea why Phil Dowd has given West Brom a penalty, or sent Chris Herd off, but...

1536: RED CARD Aston Villa's Chris Herd

1535: PENALTY to West Brom

1534: ... Well, he tried to anyway... Brunt curls it straight into the wall

1532: A shortage of quality and chances at the Reebok so far, while Newcastle are yet to get going against Wigan. West Brom, meanwhile, have responded well to going behind to Darren Bent's penalty, and Chris Brunt is about to bend in a free-kick for the Baggies...

Davros183 on Twitter: "I've never really rated Alan Hutton, and what he just did there underlines it. Completely over-rated player."

Newcasle fan elhutcho on Twitter: "Please, please, please, please don't be Wigan who put an end to our unbeaten run."

Scottish Premier League update: Only one goal so far in this afternoon's SPL card and it is at the expense of a howler by St Mirren keeper Craig Samson, who gifts Leigh Griffiths his first Hibs goal. The goalie takes forever to deal with a back-pass from team-mate Lee Mair and then attempts to dribble his way out of trouble, allowing the on-loan Wolves forward to nick the ball and tuck it into an empty net. You can follow a live text commentary of those games, here.

Yellow card
Yellow card
1527: There have been more dangerous tackles than goals today. Just before Villa scored, West Brom full-back Billy Jones was booked for up ending Charles N'Zogbia and, at St James' Park, Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye is shown yellow for a dangerous high challenge on Hugo Rodallega that required a lengthy period of treatment for the Wigan striker, who is eventually able to continue.

Someone has won a penalty
Villa goal: A real disaster for the Baggies defence this one. Steven Reid attempts to shepherd the ball back to Ben Foster, just inside his area, but Gabriel Agbonlahor nips in to push the ball past the diving West Brom keeper, who then inadvertently sends the Villa striker tumbling. Phil Dowd points to the spot and this time Darren Bent makes no mistake, burying his shot into the bottom corner.

Football League latest: In the Championship, managerless Portsmouth get off to a great start against Doncaster with a strike through Luke Varney. Huddersfield are off to a flyer against Preston in League One. Leon Clarke seems to be an inspired loan signing for Chesterfield, putting the Spireites ahead against Hartlepool. In League Two, Dagenham and Redbridge are enduring a horrid opening to the game, going 2-0 behind at home to Aldershot after just five minutes, while Crawley are winning the battle of the newbies going 2-0 up at AFC Wimbledon.

1522: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 1-0 West Brom (Darren Bent pen)

1522: PENALTY to Aston Villa

1520: Oh dear. Looks like that Alan Hutton tackle did take its toll on Shane Long. He hobbles off, giving a few Villa fans some verbals on his way. Somen Tchoyi is on for the Baggies instead.

1519: This wasn't in the script at St James' Park. Another good chance for Wigan sees a through ball from David Jones freeing Hugo Rodallega, but the fit-again striker lashes wide from inside the area.

BurntwoodVilla on Twitter: "Darren Bent! What are you doing?! Heskey could've scored that! "

Yellow card
1516: It doesn't look like Alan Hutton and Shane Long are the best of friends to be honest. Long is back on, and immediately takes his revenge by nudging over Hutton as they battle for possession. Hutton doesn't appreciate that too much, and lunges in on the Baggies striker at the next opportunity. That earns him a booking, although he is lucky to still be on the pitch.

1515 A sniff for Bolton, with David Ngog surging down the right and finding Darren Pratley with his cross. The former Swansea man is off target with his first-time finish, but it was a neat build-up.

1513: Ouch. Villa defender Alan Hutton dives in on Shane Long, with two feet. He doesn't get anything of the ball either. That was late and wild, and dangerous... and looks even worse on the slow-motion replay. Referee Phil Dowd does not think it worthy of a card, though. Long is getting treatement on the sidelines, not sure if he can carry on.

1511: Looks like Sunderland won't be conceding an early goal today... there's been a couple of long-range efforts at either end but Martin Petrov (for Bolton) and Nicklas Bendtner (for Sunderland) failed to test the respective keepers.

1510: Excellent news. The automated live scores and as-it-stands table are working again. Give this page a manual refresh and they will reappear, much to my relief.

1509: It is still goalless at St James' Park too, but only because of Magpies keeper Tim Krul. Despite their poor form, Wigan have started brightly and Krul did well tip over a goalbound drive by Victor Moses.

1507: This is still a good spell by Villa, mind, and Barry Bannan has just drilled inches over after latching on to another half-clearance on the edge of the box. Still 0-0 at Villa Park.

1506: What a miss this is by Darren Bent, who finds himself all alone in front of goal when Barry Bannan's attempted shot lands at his feet. The England striker is no more than eight yards out but blazes wildly over with only Ben Foster to beat. A total shocker, I'm afraid. Harry Redknapp's wife Sandra would have buried that one...

1504: A nervy start at the Reebok for Sunderland, who have a bad habit of conceding late goals. Wes Brown lets a Chris Eagles corner fly across the face of goal but there are no Bolton players on hand to turn the ball in.

Swansea striker Scott Sinclair on his side's draw with Wolves after the Welsh side led 2-0 late on: "We let it slip through our fingers. They made some changes, got the ball forward and created chances. It was up to us to stop that but we have to move on. It's good that we got a first away point but disappointing we didn't get all three.

1501: We are under way in all three of our top flight games.

League Two update: the two sides promoted to the Football League in May go head to head as leaders Crawley host sixth placed AFC Wimbledon at the Broadfield Stadium. At the other end of the table there are two potential six pointers as Hereford host Barnet and Northampton travel to Bradford. Other games of interest see Gillingham, who scored five away at Torquay last weekend host fourth placed Oxford United and second placed Southend welcome the Gulls.

League One update: The game which catches the eye has to be Preston's trip to Huddersfield, with Phil Brown's side looking to end Town's run of 38 league games unbeaten. League leaders Charlton host Carlisle looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season, at Stevenage last weekend, while bottom side Exeter go in search of only their second win in eight. Chesterfield have lost their last five in all competitions and they welcome Hartlepool to the b2net stadium.

Championship update: Blackpool, who bounced back from their 4-0 defeat at West Ham with a midweek win over Doncaster, host Nottingham Forest looking to move into the play-off places. With West Ham not playing until Monday against Brighton and leaders Southampton in the late kick off at Reading, the door is open for several clubs to close the gap. Those include third placed Middlesbrough and Derby in fourth who meet at the Riverside.

1458: Here's what we can look forward to in the Football League this afternoon...

1457: The bad news is that those gremlins affecting our vidiprinter and live scores are back, which is why I've had to get rid of the scores and as-it-stands table which would usually be on the right of this page. If you can still see them, they won't work. Really sorry about that.

1455: Right, almost time for our 1500 BST kick-offs. And time for another manual refresh too - you can watch Final Score and listen to commentary of Bolton-Sunderland (on BBC Radio 5 live) and Middlesbrough-Derby (5 live sports extra). Listen to the latter to follow the progress of 15-year-old Rams striker Mason Bennett, who makes his debut today... but might have to go home early for his tea if his mum calls up.

Becky Ashton reports: Bolton unsurprisingly name an unchanged starting line-up and bench after ending their six game losing streak last weekend, meaning there is no place for Gretar Steinsson, Fabrice Muamba. Sunderland hand a first start to striker Connor Wickham, who signed from Ipswich in the summer, and will line up alongside the returning Niklas Bendtner. Ahmed Elmohamady and Lee Cattermole drop to the bench, while Phil Bardsley is also named amongst the subs after returning from a four match suspension.

Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Unbeaten Newcastle name an unchanged side, while Wigan make three changes. Franco di Santo is injured but Hugo Rodallega returns from a knee injury. Albert Crusat and Maynor Figueroa replace James McCarthy and Steve Gohouri in defence."

Newcastle v Wigan line-ups
Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Best, Ba. Subs: Harper, Santon, Ben Arfa, Perch, Smith, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Jones, Watson, Diame, Moses, Rodallega, Crusat. Subs: Pollitt, Thomas, Maloney, Gomez, McArthur, Sammon, Lopez.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

Aston Villa v West Brom line-ups Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Herd, Petrov, Bannan, N'Zogbia, Bent, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Ireland, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Heskey, Clark, Cuellar.
West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Jones, Brunt, Mulumbu, Scharner, Thomas, Odemwingie, Long. Subs: Fulop, Tchoyi, Morrison, Shorey, Gera, Dawson, Cox.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Sam Sheringham reports: "Aston Villa
manager Alex McLeish reacts to the 4-1 thrashing at Manchester City with four changes for the visit of West Brom. Fit-again James Collins, Chris Herd, Barry Bannan and Charles N'Zogbia are recalled at the expense of Ciaran Clark, Stephen Ireland, Fabian Delph and Emile Heskey. For the Baggies, striker Peter Odemwingie is rewarded for his goal against Wolves with a start in place of Somen Tchoyi."

Scottish Premier League update: Motherwell 0-0 Kilmarnock It's a second stalemate between these sides this season as Kilmarnock keep a clean sheet for the first time in eight games. Motherwell will stay in second place in the SPL this weekend, moving four points clear of nearest challengers Celtic, who play tomorrow. You can follow a live text commentary of the rest of today's SPL games, here.

Bolton v Sunderland line-ups
Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Cahill, Wheater, Robinson, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Ngog. Subs: Bogdan, Sanli, Gardner, Knight, Mark Davies, Klasnic, Kakuta.
Sunderland: Mignolet, O'Shea, Turner, Brown, Richardson, Wickham, Vaughan, Colback, Larsson, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Cattermole, Gardner, Ji, Meyler, Elmohamady.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

1439: Looks like Mick McCarthy got it right with those changes at 1411, then? The Wolves fans who were singing 'you don't know what you're doing' at that point might just be eating some of their words now. Well, that's if they stayed around to watch the fightback.

From anon, via text: "Re 1428. Let that be a lesson to ALL football supporters. No matter how bad your team is doing, you should ALWAYS stick around to cheer them on...! You just never know what might happen...

KineticL on Twitter: "Re 1428. I'd be gutted if I were a Wolves fan on my way home at this point... "

Full time
1436: FULL-TIME Wolves 2-2 Swansea

1435: Wolves continue to pile on the pressure, and their fans continue to urge them forward. Swansea are struggling to deal with high balls into their area and, if Nenad Milijas had spotted Jamie O'Hara as he met a dropping ball, the former Spurs midfielder would have had an easy tap-in. Instead Milijas goes for goal himself and Michel Vorm easily keeps out his looping header.

1433: It's all Wolves at the moment. Michel Vorm dives to tip away a fierce Nenad Milijas shot which was heading wide anyway. Adlene Guedioura goes for the spectacular, but gets it all wrong. There will be three minutes of stoppage time for somebody to try to win this one...

1432: Who saw that coming? No, me neither. Anyway, Wolves think they can win this, and their fans do too. Just two minutes of the 90 left, and Swansea are desperate to hear the final whistle.

Wolves second goal: The goal that saves Mick McCarthy's job? Possibly. Kevin Doyle turns provider this time, raiding down the left and pulling the ball back for Jamie O'Hara to sweep his first-time shot into the roof of the net.

Wolves first goal: Finally, Wolves bare their teeth. Sam Vokes swivels to fire goalwards from a corner and Michel Vorm can only parry his shot, allowing Kevin Doyle to follow up and hammer home a low finish. Game on? You bet.

1429: GOALFLASH Wolves 2-2 Swansea (Jamie O'Hara)

1428: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-2 Swansea (Kevin Doyle)

1428: We are into the last eight minutes at Molineux, and quite a few Wolves fans are leaving. Time for one last throw of the dice by Mick McCarthy, with Sam Vokes on for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

1425: Nenad Milijas tries to whip a free-kick over the Swansea wall but it is deflected and ends up being collected comfortably by Michel Vorm. The Swans come forward again and Scott Sinclair and Andrea Orlandi combine to free Mark Gower, who is just unable to pull the ball back for Nathan Dyer. That really would have killed Wolves off.

Connor Wickham makes his first start since joining the Black Cats. News of Bolton's team, and full line-ups, with you in just a jiffy.

1420: Let's be honest, Wolves haven't tested Swansea keeper Michel Vorm since half-time. Karl Henry's shot which flew just wide remains their best effort of the second period and, for all their possession, they are showing no signs of being able to open up the Welsh side.

Post_Electric on Twitter: "Wolves all over the place in defence, Swansea could have put this to bed long ago."

1417: Hmmmm, Wolves are hardly knocking on the door here. The crowd have gone flat too, but at least they are not shouting abuse at Mick McCarthy. Anyway, Swansea have made a change, with Andrea Orlandi on for Leon Britton.

1415: It is still Swansea who look more like scoring. First Scott Sinclair reacts quickest when a ball is drilled into the box and Wayne Hennessey has to make another save. Hennessey is called into action from the resulting corner too, denying Ashley Williams.

1413: Some interesting team news from the Riverside, where the Rams have handed a debut to striker Mason Bennett who, at 15 years and 99 days old, will become the youngest player in the club's history.

1411: Two changes for Wolves, and they don't go down well with the home fans. Adlene Guedioura and Nenad Milijas are on, and Adam Hammill and Matt Jarvis are off. Just over 20 minutes left for Guedioura and Milijas to salvage a point.

1407: Almost disaster for Wolves. Scott Sinclair's shot nicks off Roger Johnson's boot and spins up over Wayne Hennessey... and on to the roof of his net.

1404: I told you Wolves had to be careful. Angel Rangel's delicious deep cross comes all the way to Scott Sinclair at the back post, and it takes a smart block from Wayne Hennessey to stop Swansea adding a third goal. Hennessey might have dealt with the cross a bit better in the first place, mind.

1402: It looks like Leeds might have snatched the points at London Road, thanks to Luciano Becchio. He has headed home an Adam Clayton free-kick in stoppage time, after replacing Andy Keogh in the 89th minute. Talk about a super sub...

1400: Jamie O'Hara tries his luck from distance, and sends the ball soaring high over Michel Vorm's bar. Time for a change for Wolves? It looks like it. Sam Vokes, Adlene Guedioura and Nenad Milijas are some of their attacking options from the bench.

1359: The pattern of this game is well and truly set - Wolves are trying to get forward (they have to) and seeing more of the ball, but they have to be wary of Swansea's threat on the break. The Welsh side love a bit of counter-attacking, so the last 35 minutes or so at Molineux are going to be interesting. Swansea still lead 2-0.

1356: It's all square again at London Road. The 10-men of Peterborough have levelled things up at 2-2 against Leeds thanks to a Mark Little strike with just two minutes to go.

1354: Matt Jarvis gets on the end of a cross this time, but heading is not his forte and the ball bounces harmlessly wide of Swansea keeper Michel Vorm's goal.

1353: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake barely touched the ball in the first half, but Swansea are still keeping a close eye on him. Angel Rangel nipped in to dispossess the Wolves striker when he got on the end of a Matt Jarvis cross from the left. Jarvis is probably Wolves' most creative player right now, so they need to get him on the ball more.

Scottish Premier League update: Motherwell are so far failing to fully capitalise on Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers' inactivity - the Steelmen can close the gap to four points, for 24 hours at least - if they defeat Kilmarnock, but it is goalless at the break. Killie's Manuel Pascali did find the net with a header, but the defender was pulled up for a push. Team-mate Gary Harkins also sent a drive against a post, although it has to be said that Well have enjoyed the better of an excellent first half of end-to-end passing football. You can follow a live text commentary of that games, here.

1351: Wolves need the goals but it is Swansea who are first to attack... Danny Graham cannot quite work space to get a shot away in the home side's area, though. At the other end, Karl Henry sends a fierce shot whistling a yard or two wide. They will need to do better than that.

CallumMcMinn on Twitter: "The most important half in Mick McCarthy's tenure. COTW."

1348: The second half has just started at Molineux. I wonder what Mick said at the break?

dothebruce on Twitter: "Re 1341. Wolves having a shocking run at the moment. Surely we can pick it up soon."

StuartGrainger_ on Twitter: "Re 1341. You have to think Wolves will improve after the break. They have been embarrassing."

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney on Twitter: "Can't wait for game tomorrow. Gonna be great atmosphere. I'm so excited"

OptaJoe on Twitter: "2 - On the last occasion that Swansea were 2-0 up at half-time in a top-flight away game, they lost 3-2 (v West Ham on 27/12/82). Turnaround."

Sam Sheringham reports: "West Brom
make the short trip to Aston Villa in search of their first victory at Villa Park since 1982, and in Shane Long, Peter Odemwingie, Somen Tchoyi and Simon Cox, boss Roy Hodgson has plenty of firepower at his disposal. The Baggies are unbeaten in three league games, while Villa suffered their first defeat of the season at Manchester City last weekend. The last four meetings between these two have ended 2-1, with Villa winning three of them."

Jamie Lillywhite reports: "Incentives aplenty at St James' Park. Newcastle could go level on points with Chelsea in third spot with a win and Wigan can climb out of the bottom three. Common sense suggests a home win, with the Mapgies unbeaten so far and showing commendable spirit in preserving that record. The Latics have not won away from home, have only one point on their travels and have scored just once in the process. But then Newcastle don't tend to take the expected path."

Becky Ashton reports: "Bolton ended their run of six consecutive defeats last weekend, when they won 3-1 at Wigan and will be hoping to make it two out of two against a Sunderland side who are still looking for their first win on the road. Owen Coyle's side have conceded more goals than any other side in the Premier League with 22 while their opponents have scored 10 in their eight matches, so you'd expect goals in this one."

1342: There are just three top flight games at 1500 BST today. Here's what we have got to look forward to...

1341: So, are Wolves dead and buried today... and is this the end for their manager Mick McCarthy? Let me know. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK).

Jukebox_Jack on Twitter: "Re 1323. It appears this season Mick McCarthy 'still hasn't found what he's looking for...' I'll get my coat..."
tedwards2k11 on Twitter: "Swansea as impressive going forward as Wolves were shocking defensively. Swansea to be this season's Blackpool."

Um, so they're getting relegated?

afHo on Twitter: "Swansea doing welsh football proud, gr8 passing game."

1335: I'm going to keep saying this, because I'm guessing a lot of you are wondering why the live scores to the right of this text haven't kicked into life for the Wolves-Swansea match. We're having problems with our vidiprinter and automated latest scores, which is affecting all our automated feeds. Sorry about that, and I'll let you know when the problem is fixed. Until then, stick with me, and I'll tell you everything you need (hopefully)...

Half time
1333: HALF-TIME Wolves 0-2 Swansea
Owen Phillips' HT snapshot: "Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has some serious work to do if he wants to get his side back in this game - and possibly save his job. The boos are ringing around Molineux as a promising start fades against some clinical Swansea finishing."

1331: Speaking of Nathan Dyer, he is down and having treatment. Not sure what happened there, but we are going to have a short delay. Just a minute of stoppage time to be played when we resume.

Fantonidy on Twitter: "Swansea might win this game and win it well... Game is built around counter-attack.. Dyer a menace to the entire Wolves team... "

1329: It is Swansea who end the half on the attack. They break forward and Nathan Dyer's dipping shot is straight at Wayne Hennessey, but he cannot hold it. Roger Johnson makes a hash of his clearance too, and Wolves are lucky to escape further damage.

1328: Just a couple of minutes of the first half left, and Swansea continue to look extremely comfortable with their two-goal lead. Anyone else expecting loud boos from the home fans at half-time? Could be quite loud ones too.

1327: Looking on the bright side for Wolves, they have managed two decent efforts on goal in this half. Their last two have been rather less effective, mind. Christophe Berra almost cleared the stand with his snap-shot inside the box and, although Karl Henry made space for himself on the edge of the area neatly enough, he still rushed his shot and dragged it well wide.

AdamRathe on Twitter: "Wolves really really are in trouble now. Supporters really aren't helping in my opinion. Two great goals by Swansea though."

1323: A goal at London Road too, and a chance for me to roll out a U2 joke. Adam Clayton has given Leeds The Edge against 10-men Peterborough, scoring his third goal of the season. The home side have responded by throwing on Paul Taylor, in place of Emile Sinclair in their attack.
Peterborough 1-2 Leeds

Swansea goal: More problems for Mick McCarthy. Big problems, in fact. His Wolves side pushed up in search of an equaliser, and they are ruthlessly punished here. Angel Rangel releases Danny Graham down the right and his precise low cross is swept home by Joe Allen. That brings loud jeers from the home fans, and even some tears too.

1320: GOALFLASH Wolves 0-2 Swansea (Joe Allen)

1319: A big decision here for referee Michael Oliver, but he gets it right. Garry Monk trips Matt Jarvis right on the edge of the area - was that in, or outside the box? Oliver says outside and he is right, just. Jamie O'Hara bends the free-kick goalwards, but Swansea keeper Michel Vorm is right behind it.

Scottish Premier League update: Still goalless after the opening 20 minutes of today's first SPL encounter between Motherwell and Kilmarnock. A frantic affair with the best of the chances falling to the home side, who are hoping to close the gap with leaders Rangers to four points. You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.

sean89kenny on Twitter: "Danny Graham is on a roll, I questioned Swansea buying him but it's proving a good signing."

Yep, he had to wait a while for his first Premier League goal but has got three in his last three games now.

1314: The Wolves defence looks awfully vulnerable to me. Last week the pace and power of Somen Tchoyi and Shane Long gave Roger Johnson and Christophe Berra a whole load of problems in the Black Country derby - today, Swansea's patient passing approach is doing the same.

1311: Almost total silence at Molineux, apart from the pocket of celebrating Swansea fans. Can Wolves respond? They almost manage an instant reply, but Adam Hammill's dipping free-kick is tipped away by Michel Vorm.

Swansea goal: Uh-oh. This is just about the last thing Mick McCarthy needed. Mark Gower clips the ball over the Wolves defence and Roger Johnson tries, but fails, to acrobatically clear. That leaves Danny Graham clean through and he is able to slip the ball under Wayne Hennessey from close range. Swansea lead... and the natives are getting restless.

1308: GOALFLASH Wolves 0-1 Swansea (Danny Graham)

1306: Wolves have been chasing shadows for the last few minutes but they have just had another decent effort. Swansea hacked away Kevin Doyle's cross from the right but the ball is played back in from the opposite flank and it was headed down for Jamie O'Hara to drill in another fierce strike. Again, it is straight at Michel Vorm - either side of him, and that was an almost certain goal.

1302: Swansea are good at keeping the ball, aren't they? More neat and tidy football by the Welsh side, who have succeeded in silencing the home fans inside the first 20 minutes. Still 0-0 at Molineux.

Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor, whose unbeaten team play Wigan this afternoon: "I think Alan Pardew has proved everyone wrong. Big players have left the club, new characters have to come through and that's happened this season. We've got winners in the team. If you can't hack it, there's no point in you being in the Premier League, go collect stamps or something."

1300: A reminder that our vidiprinter and latest score service is not working at the moment. Hopefully that will get sorted before the 1500 BST kick-offs get under way... I'll keep you posted.

1256: Another sniff for the Welsh side. Angel Rangel bends in a cross from the right and Danny Graham reaches it at the near post, but cannot quite direct the ball on target. Wolves are having to do a lot of defending here, and their recalled striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has not seen an awful lot of the ball in the opening few minutes.

1254: Swansea's passing game seems to be gathering a bit of momentum. They come forward again and this time Joe Allen works space for a stinging shot which his Welsh international team-mate Wayne Hennessey tips over.

1253: Swansea's first meaningful attack sees Nathan Dyer surge down the right and fire in a low cross. Christophe Berra is at the near post to cover, but his interception flies a bit closer to goal than he would have liked. It's half-time at London Road, where 10-man Peterborough are drawing 1-1 with Leeds.

1250: The Wolves fans have definitely responded to Mick McCarthy's request to get behind their team, and are making a right old racket in the opening minutes. On the pitch, the men in old gold are seeing a lot more of the ball, but have had not managed any further openings.

Red card
1248: More news from London Road and it's not great if you're a Posh fan. Peterborough forward Lee Tomlin has been sent off for a foul on the Leeds goalscorer Andy Keogh. It's his second red card for the club since signing from Rushden in 2010.

1246: We have to wait just 45 seconds for our first shot, and it's a corking effort too. Karl Henry, ironically cheered by his own fans a couple of weeks ago, meets a loose ball on the edge of the area with a sweet first-time strike which, fortunately for Swans keeper Michel Vorm, swerves towards, rather than away from, him... and he is able to push it away.

1245: Here we go then. Wolves get us under way.

From anon via text: "Wolves will struggle today again. Confidence in front of goal a major worry . McCarthy out though? Doubt it."

OptaJoe on Twitter: "5 - Wolves have lost their last five Premier League games in a row, their worst run in the top flight since April 1984. Fragile."

1241: The players emerge from the tunnel at Molineux. Not exactly a rapturous welcome by the home fans, but no booing YET. Mick McCarthy will be happy.

1237: Ah. We're having a few teething trouble with our vidiprinter and latest scores at the moment, which is why if you look elsewhere on our site, you might be wondering whether the Peterborough-Leeds game has actually started yet. It has, and it's still 1-1. Stick with me for updates.

EddHilton on Twitter: "Wolves vs Swansea is a huge game for both teams. Wins needed by both! Sorry to say but Swansea win and McCarthy might be in trouble."

It's sunny
1235: Everyone at Molineux is lapping up the bright autumn sunshine, which is always welcome isn't it? Mick McCarthy will hope it reminds his players of August, when they were unbeaten and had seven points from their first three games of the season. Seems a long time ago, that.

1228: Another goal at London Road, and it's an equaliser for Posh. Dender Gabriel Zakuani, who, if you follow his Twitter feed, is tackling something or someone everyday, has headed home from a corner.
Peterborough 1-1 Leeds

OptaJoe on Twitter: "513 - Swansea have averaged 513 passes per PL game this season, 16 more than Manchester United. Groove."

JimboNorwood on Twitter: "Re footballingguru. Why would Wigan sack Martinez? Who would do a better job? He has done brilliant keeping Wigan in this league."

pokergazuol on Twitter: "Re 1205. No mention of Steve Bruce getting the sack? I know he's done well for his club previously, but this season is just shocking!"

Wolverhampton v Swansea line-ups
Hennessey, Stearman, Berra, Johnson, Ward, Jarvis, Henry, O'Hara, Hammill, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake. Subs: De Vries, Craddock, Hunt, Vokes, Milijas, Doherty, Guedioura.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor, Dyer, Allen, Gower, Britton, Sinclair, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Orlandi, Routledge, Lita, Moore, Richards, Moras.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

1220: One Championship game has already started - at London Road, where Peterborough are hosting Leeds. There's been a goal there too, with Andrew Keogh putting the visitors ahead. That's his second goal since joining on loan from Wolves.

Owen Phillips reports: "Wolves make just one change from the side beaten by West Brom last time out as boss Mick McCrathy opts for a two-pronged attack with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replacing midfielder Nenad Milijas. Swansea also keep their tinkering down to a minimum. Midfielder Mark Gower comes in for Wayne Routledge, the only change from the team brushed aside by Norwich last Saturday. "

1215: Time for another manual refresh folks, because Football Focus is about to start on BBC One and this website.

Scottish Premier League update: There are four games in the SPL this afternoon, starting at 1245 BST when second-placed Motherwell host Kilmarnock, looking to close the gap on the leaders Rangers - who don't play until Sunday - to four points. At the other end of the table, the bottom two sides - Inverness and Dunfermline - go head to head at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium while Dundee host St Johnstone and Hibs travel to St Mirren. You can follow a live text commentary of those games, here.

footballingguru on Twitter: "Re 1205. Steve Kean to get the sack first, Blackburn's next fixtures vs Tottenham and Newcastle not in his favour."

footballingguru on Twitter: "Re 1205. Either Steve Kean or Roberto Martinez to go first. Mick and Owen Coyle will be fine as they've done loads for their clubs."

1209: So, when was Swansea's last away win in the top flight? On 8 May 1982, when they beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 and Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were at number one with 'Ebony and Ivory'. The Welsh side went the whole of the following campaign without a success on the road as they tumbled out of the old Division One. They will obviously be eager to avoid doing both again this season... a victory today would take care of the first part.

Owen Phillips reports: "Wolves have lost five league games on the spin after an encouraging start and Swansea are pointless away from home, with four defeats in four. But stats can be deceiving. The Swans are unbeaten on their own patch and three of those away defeats have come against Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. And although Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is beginning to take a bit of flak, they have certainly played better than their run suggests. A tasty lunchtime tussle in prospect."

1205: I'm expecting some top chat from you lot too. For a start, who do you think will be the first top flight manager to get the boot, and will he go this weekend? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @chrisbevan_bbc or text in via 81111 (UK).

1202: Here's what else is happening today. Two members of the top five are in action, with Newcastle playing Wigan and Liverpool up against Norwich. Throw in a west midlands derby as well as a battle between two more managers under growing pressure - Owen Coyle and Steve Bruce - and it adds up to a top afternoon of entertainment, no?
All kick-offs at 1500 BST unless stated
Wolves v Swansea (1245 BST)
Aston Villa v West Brom
Bolton v Sunderland
Newcastle v Wigan
Liverpool v Norwich (1730 BST)
What else? Try four SPL games and a full programme in the Football League too. More on both of those shortly...

Just one change by Wolves from last week's defeat by West Brom, and that sees striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake come in to make his first start of the season. Full line-ups, and Swansea news, will be with you shortly.

1154: Let's start with a manual refresh, shall we? Just so you know who is talking to you. And Mick McCarthy has a request for Wolves fans today, too - wait until the final whistle before you start barracking him and his team. "Every one of my players give 100% every week. If we don't win, I'm more than happy to listen to the boos and the jeers, because that's what happens. Not just here, it happens all over the world," he explained. "But whilst the players are on the pitch, I want 100% effort from us, and 100% effort from the fans. It's a joint venture, isn't it?"

1150: Hello. Welcome to Saturday football and welcome to what Wolves manager Mick McCarthy calls 'the clash of the titans'. He was joking, but he did get one thing absolutely spot on: Wolves versus Swansea is "rubbish away record plays rubbish home record". Something's got to give, right?

By Sam Sheringham

1147: Right then, on that rather disturbing note from Freddie in Reading, I'm going to bring this warm-up set to a close. You've been a great audience. With just under an hour to go until Premier League football o'clock, I leave you with today's headline act Chris Bevan.

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From Freddie in Reading via text on 81111: "Sam, stranger things have happened. Last year in the Spanish leagues a player kicked a live owl from the pitch resulting in a very unhappy opposition player confronting him."

1141: We haven't heard much from Bolton fans ahead of today's home game against Sunderland. Are you sharpening the knives for Owen Coyle or is he back in the good books after last weekend's win over Wigan?

Pokergazuol on Twitter: "No upset on the cards today for Newcastle. An easy 3-0 victory, and Martinez will be lucky to keep his job much longer."

1136: So where will Carlos Tevez be watching tomorrow's Manchester derby? One rumour doing the rounds is that Roberto Mancini is about to perform the biggest U-turn in football history and select the Argentine in his starting line-up. I was about to write that stranger things have happened, but you know what, I really don't think they have.

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Andrew from Crieff via text on 81111: "Liverpool vs Norwich today. Can Delia's beloved team rise to the challenge, or will they crumble to the Anfield pressure...?"

1127: What a start for Newcastle, eh? Today's home game against Wigan offers the Magpies the chance to go level on points with third-placed Chelsea. Roberto Martinez's men have only scored six league goals this season - what are the chances of them spoiling the Toon Army's party this afternoon then?

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker on Twitter: "Make-up being slapped on as we speak whilst discussing tomorrow's derby."

Tededmondson on Twitter: "Mark Hughes is right, Tevez affair would not have happened under him: we wouldn't even have been in Champs League with him!"

1115: Don't forget you can listen to the early Premier League game on BBC Radio 5 live. This pre-match stat attack won't make happy reading for Swans fans though. Swansea have the worst away record in the Premier League. They have lost all four of the their away matches so far and are the only team in all four English leagues yet to pick up a point away on their travels. They have lost a club record seven consecutive top-flight away games and are on a run of 26 matches without a top-flight away win.

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Dave in Wolverhampton via text on 81111: "Lawro can talk about Mick McCarthy being the first managerial casualty of the season, but is there anyone better out there that would realistically replace him? I don't think so in all honesty. Stick with Mick, he'll bring us through!"

1108: For anyone out of the loop, Graeme is referring to the bombshell that was Steve Claridge joining Southern League side Gosport Borough as player-coach at the age of 45. No team news yet Graeme but rumour has it he'll walk straight into the side. I used to work with Claridge and can testify that he keeps himself in tip top shape. Likes a lunchtime buffet though does Steve, but then again who doesn't?

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Graeme in Wetherby via text on 81111: "Never mind Tevez, the Manchester derby or how much pressure Steve Bruce may be under. Surely the top story of the week must be who starts up front for Gosport! Any early team news, Sam?"

1100: Cracking little talking point in The Sun today. Terry Venables has picked his combined Manchester United-Manchester City XI. And guess what? There's no place for Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic ... or Michael Owen. El Tel's full side reads as follows. Hart, Smalling, Jones, Kompany, Evra, Nani, Toure, Silva, Young, Rooney, Aguero.

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker on Twitter: "If you have any questions for Mr Strachan or Mr Dixon then fling them in with the #BBCfootball hashtag & we'll use them in the Focus Forum."

1047: Not long now until we have some actual football to talk about. Today's early kick-off in the Championship is at 1200 BST as Simon Grayson's Leeds United side travel to London Road to face Peterborough. Both sides are in good form with the home side one place and one point off a play-off spot, while the visitors are unbeaten in six games.

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker on Twitter: "All coming together at Football Focus HQ. Gordon Strachan & Lee Dixon have arrived. About to enter... The rehearsal zone. "

Watch Football Focus on BBC One and the BBC Sport website (UK) at 1215 BST.

1039: The transfer window may still be more than two months away but trying telling that to the BBC Gossip column. A whole host of rumours doing the rounds today, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer supposedly poised to take over as Portsmouth's new manager and Swansea lining up a loan swoop for Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran.

Rob_Hickling on Twitter: "Big day for Leicester city to catch up with promotion chasers; A very winnable home fixture, 3rd plays 4th & 5th plays 6th."

1030: There's lots more preview material on the BBC Sport website to get you in the mood for tomorrow's meeting of red and blue. Sink your teeth into Phil McNulty's scene-setting blog, while Alistair Magowan takes a look at the importance of James Milner to City's formation in this week's tactics column. Defensive stalwarts Alan Hansen, Gary Pallister and Andy Hinchcliffe have also been looking foward to the big game.

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Tim in Sunderland via text on 81111: "Today is a definite six-pointer for Sunderland - anything less than three points and the pressure on Bruce will reach fever pitch."

1024: And if you think Mark Hughes is being a bit sparky this morning, what about Roy Keane's interview with BBC Sport's Colin Murray? Modern players are all a bit soft and pampered these days is the Irishman's general thrust. And they say he's mellowed.

Footballingguru on Twitter: "For me, Wigan are going down. An in-form Newcastle will punish their defensive woes."

1017: From my desk here at BBC Sport HQ I look out across the Manchester Ship Canal at Old Trafford, which is a picture of tranquility as it basks in the early morning sunlight. Tomorrow afternoon, that same stadium will be tranformed into a cauldron of intensity as the Manchester clubs meet in probably the biggest game of the season so far. And not surprisingly, the derby is dominating the back pages of today's papers. Several carry an interview with former City boss Mark Hughes in which he descibes Roberto Mancini as "autocratic", and claims the Carlos Tevez affair would not have happened had he still been in charge.

1014: Plenty of talking points then before headline act Chris Bevan arrives to take you through the action. And this warm-up man could do with some help. I need you to fire over your thoughts, predictions, hopes and fears ahead of today's games. Just tweet me @samsheringham using the hashtag #BBCFootball or text in on 81111 (UK). Let's make it a a good one.

1010: Wolves-Swansea is not the only bottom-of-the-table battle in the Premier League today. Owen Coyle's Bolton take on Steve Bruce's Sunderland at 1500 BST, with the Totters looking for their first home win of the season and the Black Cats seeking their first away victory. Aston Villa meet West Brom and Newcastle host Wigan in the other 3 o'clock games, before Liverpool-Norwich at 1730 BST rounds off today's Premier League action. Some eye-catching fixtures in the Football League too, with third placed Middlesbrough at home to fourth placed Derby in the Championship and League Two leaders Crawley Town facing a tricky trip to AFC Wimbledon.

1005: The Wolves boss is staring down the barrel after five straight defeats but today's lunchtime home game with fellow strugglers Swansea offers a great opportunity to turn the tide. Lose and, according to Mark Lawrenson, we could be talking about the first Premier League managerial casualty of the season.

1000: Is it too early to start talking about relegation six pointers? Must-win fixtures? Do or die? Win or bust? Try asking Mick McCarthy...

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 22 Oct 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man City 8 21 22
2 Man Utd 8 19 20
3 Chelsea 8 11 19
4 Newcastle 9 6 19
5 Liverpool 9 2 15
6 Tottenham 7 1 13
7 Norwich 9 -1 12
8 Stoke 8 -2 12
9 Aston Villa 9 0 11
10 West Brom 9 -2 11
11 Arsenal 8 -5 10
12 Sunderland 9 2 9
13 Swansea 9 -5 9
14 QPR 8 -8 9
15 Wolves 9 -6 8
16 Fulham 8 1 7
17 Everton 7 -4 7
18 Bolton 9 -12 6
19 Blackburn 8 -9 5
20 Wigan 9 -9 5

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